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Academic secretary search committee appointed

STANFORD -- Provost Condoleezza Rice has appointed a search committee to recommend candidates for the position of academic secretary.

Communication Professor Marion Lewenstein, who has served in the post for three years, announced last month that she would return full time to her teaching post at the end of the academic year.

Professor David Kennedy, history, will chair the search committee. Other members are Professors Elisabeth Pate-Cornell, industrial engineering and engineering management; Ron Rebholz, English; and David Stevenson, pediatrics.

Kennedy said the search committee is soliciting nominations and expressions of interest.

The committee plans to complete its charge by early April, to allow Lewenstein's successor time to observe the work of the academic secretary during spring quarter.

The academic secretary to the university is the executive officer of the academic organization, serving as secretary, legislative archivist, institutional memory and parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate and the Academic Council.

The position requires considerable knowledge of the university's academic governance and wide acquaintance with fellow faculty members.

The position will be a 50 percent to 70 percent appointment.

"The quality and effectiveness of academic governance at Stanford depends on the diligence, competence and diplomacy of the academic secretary," Kennedy said. He said that previous secretaries - H. Donald Winbigler, Eric Hutchinson, Clara Bush, Arthur Coladarci and Lewenstein - have "set examples of a high standard of performance in this position."

Candidates must be members of the Academic Council. Faculty are asked to contact committee members or send correspondence about the search to Ann Fletcher, who is staffing the committee. Fletcher can be reached at the Provost's Office, MC 2061, or by e-mail to Ann.Fletcher@Forsythe.

Comments and suggestions should be received by March 15. Communications will be held in strict confidence.



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